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post #1 of 111 (permalink) Old 01-28-2017, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Aquarium Confessions

Post below with confessions about stuff you've done wrong, stuff you feel guilty about, bad habits etc.


I'll go first: I hate testing water, and I hardly ever do it.
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You post some awesome and unconventional stuff man .

I still refuse to keep lids on my tanks. I've lost a betta, a Cory, and an oto in the last ~6 months. I actually don't know when I lost the oto, I recently just found it under my stand...I don't even know how many I have anymore, sneaky little guys.

I've also housed about 40 or so platys in 2 ten gallons after I ended up with so much fry. I had to wait until they were big enough to sell them and I couldn't buy or setup another tank. My plants never thrived so much!!! and I had no casualties, and I also spent a lot of time on maintenance and kept everything in check, but I still felt bad.


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I think people focus too much on maximizing every input to their tank. You don't need the brightest lights, the most CO2, or the highest levels of fertilization to successfully grow plants.
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I too hate testing water, and I almost never do it.

I also occasionally buy fish that I have no room for, resulting in overstocking. I have two Rainbow Cichlids in a 30 gallon tank with 3 Orange Chromides, 2 Indian Glassfish (no, not the dyed type), 3 mollies and a bristlenose pleco.

In related news - does anyone know where I can get real non-dyed Indian Glassfish in NYC/LI and does anyone want some Rainbow cihclids?
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I too hate testing water, and I almost never do it.

I also occasionally buy fish that I have no room for, resulting in overstocking. I have two Rainbow Cichlids in a 30 gallon tank with 3 Orange Chromides, 2 Indian Glassfish (no, not the dyed type), 3 mollies and a bristlenose pleco.

In related news - does anyone know where I can get real non-dyed Indian Glassfish in NYC/LI and does anyone want some Rainbow cihclids?
I used to do it a lot, but I never really had any water parameter problems so I got out of the habit. Trying to get back into testing PH at least.

You could try buying some of the dyed ones and throwing them in the wash for a bit?

But really, a lot of aquarium stores seem eager to compete with the internet. You could try asking one to order you some.
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I only test waters in the beginning while I'm cycling a tank or if I'm looking for a specific fish/invert that is sensitive.

I also don't own/use quarantine tank. I know I should, but I don't.
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Plant purchases I have no room for.
I have too many varieties @ present, what's a few more

The real issue is buying a bunch of say stems(5-7 average)
Plant them, they go nuts and take up way too much space.
Getting ready to buy frag tanks to have more growing area.

Swimming is not that difficult.
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I'm another serial non-quarantiner.

And probably way too many things to confess, or even remember, when just starting out as a ten year old, well before the Internet.
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About 10 years ago my tank had a lot of greenwater. I was cleaning the water intake from my powerhead so I removed the protective grating & sponge. A neon tetra couldn't see where it was going and got sucked up & ground into pieces. I still feel guilty.

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I have been technically setting up my present tank for 3 YEARS...
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When I was a teen I adored fancy guppies. Somehow my guppies kept ending up with badly nipped tails which would lead to their death.. well, I finally figured out it was the tiger barbs. I took the barbs out and put them in a goldfish bowl.. where they died within days. I still feel bad for killing those guppy killing barbs. I have never bought fancy tail guppies, nor tiger barbs again.
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I drink the hooch from my diy year co2. As a little cider/juice to it at the start and let it ferment
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I drink the hooch from my diy year co2. As a little cider/juice to it at the start and let it ferment
I used to do this as well! Experimented with distilling it for awhile. Have not used DIY CO2 since switching to dirt, though.
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I used to do this as well! Experimented with distilling it for awhile. Have not used DIY CO2 since switching to dirt, though.
I gave up eating dirt when I was a kid. Oh... wait a minute... Nevermind...
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When I was first starting out and before going with a planted tank I was siphoning out some water with a gravel vac when all of a sudden the water stopped flowing for apparently no reason. So I took the end in the bucket and inhaled to try and start the siphon again. Nothing. So I inhaled harder. Nothing. Took the big end out of the tank....somehow a molly got into it without me noticing and was stuck headfirst halfway in the plastic end of the vac where the tubing attaches....I had to take the vac apart and pull it out. Yea, it was dead.
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